News wholesalers seek retailers’ help to recruit lorry drivers


As the shortage of delivery drivers continue to strain supply chains, leading news wholesalers Smiths News and Menzies have sought retailers’ support for a recruitment drive to alleviate the issue.

On Thursday, October 14, posters advertising for drivers will be in all tote boxes, and retailers are being urged to display them in-store or in a suitable place in their community to attract new contractors.

Commenting, NFRN head of news Brian Murphy said: “This national driver shortage has come as a surprise to us all and is expected to continue until at least Christmas, potentially becoming more acute as the need for delivery drivers increases.

“The importance in maintaining the seven-day distribution of newspapers is vital, and the NFRN is happy to again play its part in supporting the smooth continuation of the supply chain and again prove its resilience to whatever pressures it faces.”

Murphy urged NFRN members to lend their support the initiative.

“Placing the posters in-store or in local communities will raise awareness of the urgent need for more delivery drivers, and I hope members are able to support this recruitment campaign,” he said.